The Economist is seeking a summer intern to write about foreign affairs. The internship will be London-based, will last for three months or more, and will pay £2,000 per month. Anyone is welcome to apply. Applicants should send an original unpublished article of up to 600 words on any issue in international politics or foreign affairs, a CV and a cover letter to We are looking for originality, wit, crisp writing and clarity of thought. The deadline is April 3rd.



Brexit and Scotland: What happens next?

Public panel discussion – Brexit and Scotland: What happens next?

27 MARCH 2018 – MATTHEWS BUILDING (DJCAD) – ROOM 5013 – 5PM to 6.30PM – Registration and refreshments from 4.30pm.

We are pleased to invite you to a free public event at which a panel will discuss the key issues surrounding Brexit, Scotland, the UK and the EU 27.

The panel will consist of:

Kirsty Hughes – Director, Scottish Centre on European Relations

Kieran Andrews – Politics and Investigations Reporter, Sunday Post

Alan Page – Professor of Public Law, University of Dundee

Kurt Mills [Chair] – Professor of International Relations and Human Rights, University of Dundee

One of series of events to be held across Scotland on this subject, this event is organised by the European Commission Office in Scotland, the Scottish Centre on European Relations and the Institute for Social Sciences Research here at the University of Dundee.

Tickets are free and are available via

Summer Internships at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights – Deadline 31 March 2018

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) is currently recruiting for its 2018 Summer Internship Program. CCHR is a leading non-aligned, independent, non-governmental organization that works to promote and protect democracy and respect for human rights – particularly civil and political rights – throughout the Kingdom of Cambodia. Its work covers a wide range of human rights issues, from business and human rights to fair trial rights, and from fundamental freedoms and civil liberties to LGBTQ rights. More information is available on CCHR’s website:

CCHR relies on the support of talented and enthusiastic interns who are interested in human rights issues that CCHR engages with, and who are keen to gain valuable experience working in human rights advocacy. Past CCHR interns have gone on to pursue a range of careers, including in human rights law and advocacy in Southeast Asia and internationally. Interns will be based in CCHR’s office in Phnom Penh (travel to other parts of the country is a possibility).

Working under the supervision of international and Cambodian staff, successful applicants will be required to work on various tasks, including conducting extensive desk research, including legal research; drafting CCHR publications including briefing notes, reports, factsheets, press releases, media alerts and open letters; producing CCHR’s monthly newsletter; assisting with drafting and editing donor reports; editing Khmer-English language translations; occasionally representing CCHR at meetings, press conferences and other events; and providing administrative assistance.

Successful applicants must:

  • Have completed an undergraduate degree in law, development studies, human rights, or a similar field (exceptional applicants who have completed at least two years of their degree will be considered);
  • Have knowledge of international human rights law and mechanisms;
  • Have a strong interest in Cambodia and Cambodian politics;
  • Be fluent in English (reading, writing and speaking);
  • Have strong communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Possess strong computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office applications;
  • Be able to volunteer for a minimum of three months; and
  • Be able to bring a laptop to use at work for the duration of the internship.

Postgraduates in law, development studies or human rights are strongly encouraged to apply.

Internship roles are unpaid. CCHR is unfortunately unable to cover or contribute to any costs associated with travel arrangements, visas, accommodation etc.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit their CV (2-pages maximum) and Cover Letter (1-page maximum), detailing their suitability for, and interest in, interning at CCHR to: by 31 March 2018. Please specify your preferred dates for the internship.

Call for papers on Change in International Law and Human Rights

The International Law and Human Rights Unit, part of the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool, invites postgraduate research students to its 2nd Postgraduate Conference in International Law and Human Rights. The conference will take place on 26th and 27th March 2018.

The theme of the conference is: The Notion of Change in International Law and Human Rights’. The theme is to be conceived in the broadest possible sense. Issues may range from the role that international law and/or human rights plays in facilitating change, whether international law in fact provides a barrier to change, particular fields that are facing or likely to face changes (e.g. migration, secession) or worldwide phenomena (e.g. climate change). Papers outside these areas that still fall under the broad theme are also welcomed. Papers may deal with, but again are not limited to:

  • Public International Law
  • Conflict and Security Law
  • International Court and Tribunals
  • International Organisations and Global Governance
  • International Criminal Law
  • Migration and Refugee Law
  • Minority Rights, Self-Determination and Secession Processes
  • Cultural Rights and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Rights of Children, Women and Persons with Disabilities
  • International Law and the Global Economy
  • Climate Change and Environmental Law 

We encourage paper and poster proposals from postgraduate students who specialise in international law, human rights or related subjects and welcome contributions from doctrinal, normative, historical, conceptual and comparative perspectives. The conference offers a unique opportunity for postgraduate students to present and discuss their work in a stimulating and friendly academic environment, among peers with similarly oriented research interests.

Soap Box Session

Alternatively, we also welcome proposals for our ‘soap box session’. Here, speakers have just 5 minutes to air a controversial legal argument against the clock. They then have 10 minutes to defend this view against a critical audience! This is a dynamic forum for short presentations on bold ideas or controversial legal views.

How to Apply

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words along with a short biography (no more than 100 words) to Please indicate whether you are applying to present a paper, poster or ‘soapbox’. Applicants are welcome to submit proposals for more than one format. The deadline for submissions is Friday 12th January 2018. Notification of acceptance will be given by Friday 19th January 2018.


PhD studentships

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) has announced new PhD studentships. The SGSSS offers fully-funded awards, which provide students with a maintenance grant, tuition fees, and access within their institution to a Research Training Support Grant.

1+3 Year Studentships (48 Months)

These awards provide funding for a one year Masters degree and a three year PhD study. Students who have only completed or are in the process of completing an undergraduate degree, or who do not have the relevant core research methods training should apply for these awards.

+3 Year Studentships (36 Months) 

These awards will suit applicants who wish to enter directly into a PhD programme and who have already completed a Masters degree, which incorporates the ESRC required 60 credits of research methods training.

Part-Time Studentships

Part-time students receive funding for up to eight (8) years, which breaks down as up to two (2) years for Masters training and a further six (6) years for doctoral study.

Fees Only Studentships

Fees only studentships are available for EU students have not been primarily resident in the UK for the past three years.

For more information, see

Steve Weston Essay Competition 2017

CEPMLP is calling for entries to the Steve Weston Prize, an annual essay competition on oil and gas law administered by The Energy, Petroleum, Mineral and Natural Resources Law and Policy Education Trust. The competition honours the memory of Steve Weston, a leading practitioner of oil and gas law, particularly in the developing regions.

Open to all, the Steve Weston Prize is awarded to the author or authors of an outstanding essay on a preselected topic. Worth up to £1000, the Prize is funded by BP, Shell, Herbert Smith, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, Linklaters and Wragges.

The topic for 2017 is, “The European Parliament in its resolution 2015/2352 of 1st December 2016, called on the Commission to consider the establishment of a European legislative compensation mechanism for offshore accidents.  Is such a mechanism necessary or desirable and, if so, is the European Parliament right to suggest that it should cover not only bodily injury and property damage but also pure economic loss. What would constitute pure economic loss in this context?”

All entries should be no more than 3000 words in length and submitted electronically no later than 19th December 2017 to

Further information on the Steve Weston Prize can be found here

Student Writing Competition

The Groningen Journal of International Law is anticipating your submissions for its Student Writing Competition 2018! This year the competition is open to students across the world. The article can be on a topic of international law of your choice; but must maintain quality in research and writing, diversity and relevance in order to be considered. If selected, your article will be published in GroJIL Volume 6, Issue 1.

Kindly bear in mind the following guidelines:

  • You must be a registered student at a University or Institution.
    • This includes recent graduates who have obtained their diploma after the 1st of May, 2017.
  • You must submit your article with your allotted number.
    • In order to ensure fairness in judging, participants will have to submit their articles anonymously. As such, each participant will receive their candidate number for participation by adhering to the following procedure:
      • Email with your interest to submit an article.
      • Get a response back from us with an allotted number.
      • Email with your article and candidate number (instead of your name.)
  • The article should begin with a short abstract.
  • The article must include footnotes and citations.
  • The expected length of the article is 6,000 to 7,000 words.
    • Including footnotes.
    • Excluding abstract, bibliography or table of contents.
  • Provided your paper satisfies the rest of the criteria, feel free to contribute a paper you have submitted for class/a thesis.
  • The deadline for submission is 15 April, 2017 at 23:59

Student Writing Competition


Dundee Violence Against Women Partnership

In conjunction with the University of Dundee, the Dundee Violence Against Women Partnership invite you to a public lecture:

“They fairly mak ye…..”

Women, Work and Violence – History repeating?

Anni Donaldson

Anni Donaldson is an Honorary Research Fellow at Strathclyde University and is a Knowledge Exchange Fellow & Project Lead for the Equally Safe project in Higher Education. Anni has expertise in the history of policy and service provision in the domain of violence against women and is currently working on an oral history of domestic abuse in Scotland (1979-1992).

The lecture will be delivered on Tuesday 5th December at 5.00pm in the Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee.

Prior to the lecture (from 4.30 pm) refreshments will be served in the Dalhousie Foyer.

The lecture is part of the Annual Sixteen-day International Campaign against all forms of gender-based violence.

Further information can be obtained from Angela Tel:01382 433373.

International Law: A largely Scottish Affair?

DILS want to invite you to participate in two events next Wednesday, 25 October. The University of Dundee is fortunate to have Professor Gerry Simpson (Chair of Public International Law at the LSE) to come to visit.

Gerry’s biography is available here: His research focuses on international law, international criminal law, and literary approaches to law. He is considered to be one of the world’s preeminent scholars of international law.

He will be presenting at our Law Research Seminar Series at 2.30 next Wednesday, on ‘International Law: A Largely Scottish Affair?’. This will be in Room 4.08.

In addition, Gerry has very generously offered to meet with students. He will therefore hold a session from 1-2pm on Wednesday 25th, in Room 3.08. I imagine this will focus on research and writing in international law.

You would all be very welcome to attend this session. If you are interested in attending, can you please let Sophie Rigney by Monday 23rd October. Her email address is